Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Fun Activity: Water Obstacle Course for Preschoolers

Written by Vcky from MessforLess.net for gummylump.com
for ages 4 and up with Adult Participation & Supervision



With the summer weather heating up, I am thinking of ways to help my kids keep cool and burn off some energy. The Blossom Bright Kids' Sprinkler and Finney Fish Pail (both by Melissa & Doug) are perfect for hot summer days.

I am a big fan of the Blossom Bright Sprinkler.. First, it's just a good looking sprinkler. Certainly not the green hunk of plastic I grew up with. The water squirts from rubber pink flowers. My kids have not been fans of some sprinklers in the past because the water shoots up too high and gets their faces soaked. The flow on the Blossom Bright Sprinkler can be adjusted based on your personal tastes, but it will never start squirting wildly in their faces.

Blossom Bright Kids' Sprinkler (left), Finney Fish Pail (right)


We set up a fun water obstacle course in our backyard.



We used our Finney Fish Pail and 2 other buckets I had.


I filled up some water balloons and placed them in a blue container.



I set up the Blossom Bright Sprinkler and explained to the kids how the obstacle course would work:

Take a bucket and go fill it up at the sprinkler.

Walk over to the water balloons, stepping over the pool noodle while trying not to spill any water.

Place a water balloon in their water pail and walk it over to a different area where they would throw their balloon.

When the balloon popped they were to head over to our water table to empty their pails.



The kids are filling up their pails at the Blossom Bright Sprinkler.

Once their buckets were filled it was time to get a water balloon.


The kids tried throwing the water balloons on various surfaces. The grass did not pop the balloons, but the mulch did.


Once the balloons were popped, it was time to dump the water in the water table. The
Finney Fish Pail can be used two ways. It can be used as a normal pail as you see here. It also has something totally unique that I have never seen on a pail before. It has a removable spout that turns it into a watering can. Don't you just love that versatility?


When the kids finished the obstacle course, they found some cups and started filling those from the Blossom Bright Sprinkler.
 


Of course running through a sprinkler is always fun too!
 




Vicky Perreault is a busy mom to three kids - 3 year old twins and a 2 year old. She believes that kids learn best through play and hands on activities. As a former teacher, Vicky finds great joy in facilitating learning and play experiences for her children and sharing those ideas with other parents on her blog Mess For Less.

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